Release dateNovember 26, 1949 WriterMelville Shavelson (screenplay), Jack Rose (screenplay), Max Shulman (story), Richard Mealand (story), Arnold Horwitt (sketch "Fountain Pen Sketch" from revue "Make Mine Manhattan"), Sylvia Rosales (sketch "Fountain Pen Sketch" from revue "Make Mine Manhattan") CastMilton Berle (Kipling 'Kip' Cooper), Virginia Mayo (Nancy Eagen), Ruth Roman (Fay Washburn), Bert Lahr (Eddie Eagen), Alan Hale (Sam Washburn), Grace Hayes (Mrs. Gracie Kennedy Washburn) Similar moviesDave Chappelle: HBO Comedy Half-Hour, Bill Hicks: Bill Loses it in Chicago, Bill Hicks: Igby's, LA, Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right, Bill Hicks: Relentless, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-up Comedian
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Always leave them laughing original trailer
Always Leave Them Laughing is a 1949 musical comedy-drama film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Milton Berle and Virginia Mayo.
A nobody, comic Kip Cooper does his act on stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey to more snores than roars. He asks out one of the performing Washburn sisters for a date, and finds that Fay's parents once did a vaudeville act that Kip still knows by heart.
Kip convinces Fay to do the old act themselves. But when he's offered a solo engagement, Kip grabs it, only to flop and be cheated out of his pay. He takes a small part in a show, lying to the Washburns that he was hired to be the lead, and does an impromptu gag that gets him fired.
Fay needs a job, so she joins the chorus of old-time comedian Eddie Eagen's touring show. Kip takes a bit too much interest in Eddie's beautiful and much younger wife, Nancy, who co-stars in the revue.
Kip ends up going on for Eddie during an illness, and then becomes his replacement. Eddie attempts a comeback when the show gets to New York, but collapses on stage. Kip's career takes off after that, but what he wants most is for Fay to take him back.
Milton Berle as Kipling Cooper
Virginia Mayo as Nancy Eagen (singing voice was dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)
Ruth Roman as Fay Washburn (singing voice was dubbed by Trudy Erwin)